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TUC sounds alarm over pension poverty for part-time workers

Just one in three (35%) part-time workers in the private sector is in a pension scheme, according to ONS figures published yesterday (Thursday).

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“It’s very worrying that millions of part-time workers don't have pensions. Women make up the majority of the UK’s part-time workforce, and are at huge risk of pensioner poverty.

“A decent retirement income should be open to everybody – not just men in traditional full-time work. Yet many employers are exploiting loopholes to leave part-timers out.

“The government’s review of automatic enrolment must ensure that low-paid and part-time workers have access to pensions. And have a decent standard of living in old age.”

Notes to Editors:

  • All TUC press releases can be found at tuc.org.uk/media
  • TUC Press Office on Twitter: @tucnews

Contacts:

Press Office  T: 020 7467 1248  E: media@tuc.org.uk
Alex Rossiter  T: 020 7467 1285  M: 07887 572130  E: arossiter@tuc.org.uk
Tim Nichols  T: 020 7467 1388  M: 07808 761844  E: tnichols@tuc.org.uk
Elly Gibson (Mon to Thurs) T: 020 7467 1337  M: 07900 910624  E: egibson@tuc.org.uk
Michael Pidgeon  T: 020 7467 1372  M: 07717 531150  E: mpidgeon@tuc.org.uk

 

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